Blues bury Monaro's finals hopes

Queanbeyan Blues put an end to Monaro's hopes of a spot in the Konica Cup final with a decisive win in the semi-final on Sunday.

Monaro got off to a cracking start in warm conditions at Freebody Oval against the team which included a number of ex-Canberra Comet's players.

Chris Khoury (20) and Tim Williams (29) put on 30 from four overs, before Khoury was bowled.

Sam Williams (43) joined brother Tim at the crease. The pair ran well between the wickets adding 53 runs before Tim was bowled trying to find the boundary.

A big total was on the cards with Monaro on 85 with eight over left and some big hitters in the sheds.

Fresh from Southern Zone duties, Adam Blacka joined Williams to keep the scoreboard ticking.

The pair upped the ante with five overs to go. Blacka hit two sixes taking the score to 124.

With four overs remaining Monaro stumbled and lost three wickets in two overs putting a halt on the run rate. Monaro managed a defendable total of 147.

The bowling attack fired early. Adam Blacka (4/27) clean bowled the opening batsmen with his third ball.

At the other end, ACT Cricket all time leading run scorer Michael Frost (66) dispatched the quick bowlers.

Queanbeyan rocked along at just under 10 an over at the end of the power play.

Andrew O'Keeffe (1/23) and Adam Hayes (0/33) did well to slow down the run rate but couldn't take a wicket.

A couple of chances were put down in the field and some umpiring decisions went the way of the home team.

Adam Blacka was brought back into the attack and instantly got the reward.

He claimed the wicket of Frost with a great skied catch to Jake Riley and had S. Mann (38) trapped in front.

The Blues needed just 16 off the last four overs.

The home side prevailed as they picked off the runs at the start of the 19th over.

It was a sombre end for the Monaro senior representative team and Andrew O'Keeffe who announced his retirement from rep cricket.

The foundation is set with a good mix of youth and experienced players who will be ready for next season to go one step further.

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